John Stainer

Our school day

Our gates open at 8:45 and the doors open for children at 9:00.

Children are expected to line up according to class in their assigned area until the bell goes at 9:00 when they will independently make their way to their classrooms.

 Lessons in the morning are generally in the core subjects of literacy and numeracy.


Assembly is at 10.15 am each day. On Mondays the head teacher takes the assemblies for all pupils, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays they are Music or SMSC assemblies. Thursday is Values assembly and Friday is our achievement assembly.

Playtime is from 10.30 am until 10.45 am


Lunchtime for Nursery starts at 11.30 am, Key Stage 1 and Reception at 11.45 am, and Key Stage 2 at 12.00pm

Lunchtime finishes at 1.00pm for everyone

School finishes at 3.30 pm for everyone.

Learning ends at 3.30 p.m. and children pack away and collect their coats and bags at this time. Parents should enter the school through one of the three gates to collect their children in the playground.

Anyone collecting a pupil should be 16 years or over.

 Below is a summary of the timings throughout the day for each Phase.

Group / Phase


Breakfast Club

8:00 am to 8:55am

Nursery morning

9.00am to 12.00pm

Nursery full time

9.00am to 3:15pm

Reception, KS1 and KS2

9.00am to 3:30pm

After School Club

3:30pm to 6:00 pm

Late collection - Please note that there is a late fee of £5 charged for every 15 minutes for children collected after 3.30pm. Please see late fees for after school club as they are different. 

Emergency closure policy

If for any reason we have to close the school as an emergency, a text message will be sent to parents and a notice will be posted on the website saying the school is closed. We do not make this decision lightly as we realise how disruptive it is for children and parents. The decision is made by the headteacher to close the school and the Local Authority are informed. This has happened (very infrequently) in the past, mainly because of the snow stopping transport systems, which affects staff being able to get to school, if the water supply across the school is cut off or due to lack of heating.

In the event of a planned strike where we do not have enough staff to cover classes, then generally we are able to give you some advance warning.

We strongly suggest having a contingency plan agreed with friends or family about what to do in the event of a school closure, to help keep disruption to a minimum.

This page was last reviewed on 22nd January 2024.